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New X8 Ultimate Firmware Available: Updated DBMC and Kodi incl

Discussion in 'X8 Ultimate' started by ChrisM, Jul 19, 2016.

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  1. ChrisM

    ChrisM Administrator Staff Member

    A new firmware for X8 Ultimate Owners is released today.

    Please note this file was designed for the original DroidBOX X8 Ultimate device.

    It should definitely not be used on a DroidBOX device other than the X8 Ultimate.

    It may be compatible with devices from other manufacturers, but we can not take responsibility for any damage done. You are welcome to try, however if your box does not boot up, it will be your responsibility.

    Do not flash this file if you do not know which device you have.

    For those already comfortable with the Rockchip tool and USB connections:

    If you are on a Mac, you may need to this first: https://wiki.umbc.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=31919091


    The version change is from 2.0.6a to 2.0.7, and Kodi and DBMC have both changed from 15.x to 16.x releases.

    DroidBOX Share and our Market are still included - if you've not checked the DroidBOX Market Android application marketplace recently, have a quick browse through the newly uploaded releases.

    Another post to follow with instructions for flashing.
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2017
  2. ChrisM

    ChrisM Administrator Staff Member

    You will need drivers and a program to flash your X8 Ultimate from your Windows PC.

    They are available from https://1drv.ms/f/s!AlRdlhGu3fjihlaPB_xIw1mgLpOV and https://1drv.ms/f/s!AlRdlhGu3fjihlc4LVPv_aO2B5kr respectively.

    Extract (using 7-zip (free), WinZip, WinRAR or even Windows built-in utility, ) the contents of RK Release_DriverAssistant.zip, and store it somewhere you can easily remember. Run the "DriverInstall" program and follow the onscreen instructions.

    Now extract RKBatchTool1_7.zip to a folder, and again make sure you remember where it has been placed!

    You will need a standard microUSB cable to connect your PC to your X8 Ultimate.

    With the power cable removed from your X8 Ultimate, please:
    Locate the reset switch found on the bottom of your X8 Ultimate and hold it down. Please don't release it until told to.
    Connect your microUSB cable, one end into your PC as normal, the other into the USB OTG socket at the rear of your X8 Ultimate. You can now reconnect the power cable.
    Once your PC notices there is new hardware attached, you can let go of the reset switch.

    Once the driver installation is complete, please open the RKBatchTool folder you previously extracted, and run RKBatchTool--1.7.exe . If the drivers have installed correctly, then under Connected Devices, "1" should be green.
    If that doesn't happen, and you're using a USB hub to connect the X8 Ultimate, try a direct connection to one of your computer's USB sockets, and if you have a choice, select a USB2 (rather than USB3) socket.
    Click the ... button at the top right corner, and point it to the folder you downloaded the large firmware file to earlier. Select the IMG file and click the Restore button, and wait until the process completes.

    Once the firmware flash has completed, you can disconnect it from your PC. The first time you turn the X8 Ultimate on you will find it takes a bit longer than usual to boot up. If any set up screens are presented, complete them and select which launcher you want to use, if asked. Once you reach the Android launcher homescreen, please wait 20 minutes for applications to complete installing.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2017
  3. ChrisM

    ChrisM Administrator Staff Member

    If you are using Windows 10 on the PC you use to flash your DroidBOX device, you will need to use RKBatchTool v1.8.
    My thanks to RobertH for the heads up on this.


    If your version of Windows isn't configured to open ZIP files, you may need 7-zip (free), WinZip or WinRAR.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2017
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